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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Navigators: Animals - Miranda Smith (Non-Fiction)

Released September 2009

Reviewed by Bob Walch

You are invited to enter the amazing world of animals in this visual guide that features 3-D artwork and fascinating information about reptiles, mammals, birds, fish and amphibians.

Whether it is crawling into a meerkat burrow, looking out for a pit viper attack, or diving into the ocean depths to meet some extraordinary fish, young readers will see and discover some fascinating tidbits about these creatures' behaviors.

The twenty, double page spreads the book offers cover avoiding predators, hunting skills, finding food, giving birth, and a host of other subject areas. The information in each spread is attractively illustrated and presented in an easy to grasp format. Web links are also provided for the child who wants to learn more about a particular animal or subject.

Given the eclectic nature of the material in this book it serves as a starting point from which a child can launch a more detailed study. For example, learning that the monarch butterfly travels 2,000 miles each year on its migratory flight will hopefully trigger a desire to know more about these remarkable insects.

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